Warriors 'can beat anybody' if they play together, Andrew Wiggins says

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Warriors 'can beat anybody' if they play together, Wiggins says originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Everything came together in the Warriors' win over the San Antonio Spurs at Chase Center on Wednesday night.

Four of their five starters scored in double figures, a day after coach Steve Kerr said he wants more from his starting five, and none of them played more than 32 minutes. Golden State also finally won the rebounding battle (54-43).

Oh, and the Warriors never trailed or were so much as tied, either. When they play like this, Andrew Wiggins loves their chances against the best the NBA has to offer.

"Everyone's buying into the system, and we're winning games," Wiggins told NBC Sports Bay Area's Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike following the wire-to-wire 121-99 win. "We're competing with everybody, and [on] the days that we play together, play aggressive and get after it on both ends of the floor, we can beat anybody."

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The Warriors now have beaten the Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers. Golden State is 4-2 against those teams in all, each of which ended Wednesday among the top eight in the Western Conference.

That didn't seem conceivable following the Warriors' 0-2 start after back-to-back blowout losses to the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks, and Wiggins' improvement is perhaps as big of a reason as any behind the turnaround. He scored 18 points, and added seven rebounds and three assists, extending a streak of games with at least 15 points up to 12.

Since the 0-2 start, Wiggins has been the Warriors' clear No. 2 option. His 18.7 points per game during that time are second only to Steph Curry, and Wiggins' 3-point percentage (43.1 percent) is even better than the two-time MVP's (39.8 percent).

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Wiggins and his fellow starters showed off improved chemistry Wednesday. Two days after a slow start against the Lakers, the Warriors led by seven when Kerr made his first changes of the night. Golden State was up by 18 when Kerr made his first substitution of the third quarter.

"We wanted to make it two good games in a row," Wiggins said. "The Spurs [are] a good basketball team and we know we have a back-to-back, so we wanted to see if we could get out early and try and finish the game early, so that way we can get some rest."

Mission accomplished Wednesday, with another chance to reward Wiggins' faith Thursday when the Warriors host the New York Knicks.

OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Golden State
+145+3.5O 226.5
LA Lakers
-176-3.5U 226.5